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BOUDINOT C. ATTERBURY.M.D.
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Pekin, August 1st, 1886.
The completion of our new buildings marks au ad-
vance in the medical work of this hospital. The work
was commenced in the fall of 1880, A building back of
the street chapel in the " Crooked Pipe Stem Street" was
used as a dispensary : and another building was soon
secured for temporary use as a hospital. In March of the
present year building operations were begun on commo-
dious structures for permanent use.
The position of the hospital is most advantageous —
near the gate of " Peaceful Tranquility," in the western
part of the city. It is three miles from the foreigner's
quarter. The accompanying plan and pictures will give
an idea of the size of the grounds and the general charac-
ter of the buildings. The wards, at present three in
number, are arranged on the " pavilion plan," and accom-
modate ten patients each. Friends who have contributed
to their erection have named them respectively the
"Douw," "Bakewell" and " Dodge" pavilions. The first
is intended for female patients; and the founder, Miss
Douw, of Albany, N. Y., also contributes towards the
salary of a lady physician for the work.
PLAN OK HOSPITAL,
Presbyterian Mission, Pek:in
Gate to Hospital.
Rooms for Students.
Operating and Reception Rooms
The following table shows the number of patients,
new and old, treated in the dispensary since Dr. Atter-
bury's return, Oct. 1885 :
November, 702. March, 1181.
December, 780 April, 1140.
1886. May, 959.
January, 95(1. June, 970.
February, 730. July, 955.
Total for nine mouths, 8373.
The number of cases received into the hospital from
November to March was 52. Since that time, on account
of building, in-patients have not been taken. These cases
represent all varities of disease and injury, and a detailed
account is carefully kept.
The poor we have always with us, whether living in
christian America or heathen China. But the contrast
between what is done for the unfortunate in New York,
with its thirty or more well equipped hospitals and
numerous asylums, and what the followers of Confucius
and Buddha do for the relief of suffering in Pekin is very
great. Many cases might be mentioned illustrating this
difference. Thus, a short time ago, a boy fourteen years
old was brought to the hospital by a missionary who had
found him lying in the streets. The little fellow's history
was a sad one. His parents, thinking that they were too
poor to feed him, had taken him when four years old to
the city and deliberately left him on one of the principal
thoroughfare?!. Like thousands of other waifs he never
had known a friend and had to support himself by begging,
sleeping at night iu some alley or doorway. Meeting
with an accident which prevented his moving around, he
lay in a vacant space until found by the missionary and
carried to a foreign doctor. In all this city there was not
a single native asylum where he could be cared for. And
such instances are innumerable.
But even if the Chinese should wish to extend medical
and surgical relief to the ueedy,the requisite knowledge and
resources are utterly inadequate. Those who believe that
the brains are situated in the stomach cannot be expected
to treat intelligently the least important ailments. In
surgery also the lack of all anatomical knowledge and the
superstitious dread of entering the future state maimed in
any way, prevents advance in this direction. Thus a man
whose wrist was crush* ed by one of the gates of the city,
even while it was hanging to the arm by a few shreds and
when a slight cut with the knife would have given a
chance for life, preferred death to such mutilation, and
would not allow Dr. Atterbury to do anything. Even the
loss of a tooth is often regarded with horror, and if ex-
tracted it is carefully carried away to be put into the
patient's coffin at burial.
The connection between medical work and christian
teaching is most close. The latter is introduced by
the former, made possible hj it, depends largely on it for
.success. While the medical work is but introductory to
the work of the ordained missionary, it is the more im-
portant because it is the beginning. The great need of
missionary work in China is to overcome the prejudices of
the nation, and to obtain a favorable hearing for the doc-
trines. This is best accomplished by treating the suffer-
ing bodies ; and this in close and evident connection with
the teaching of the missionary's Bible. The hospital with
the chapel adjoining is the true plan for missionary work
With the new buildings and enlarged facilities the
usefulness of this hospital will be greatly increased. No
city presents such opportunities for medical work as
Pekin. As the capital of the Empire, it attracts to itself
officials, students, merchants, and travellers from all the
Eighteen Provinces and the Tributary States. On its
streets can be seen Coreans, Thibetans, and Mongolians.
The hospital attracts this floating population, and many-
receive the doctor's medicines and books who would
never enter a preaching chapel ; while all carry to their
homes full accounts of what they see and hear in the
great metropolis. We hope to have thoroughly equipped
buildings and a medical school, which will worthily re-
present to these strangers our religion and our civiliza-
A good beginning has been made ; but still much
remains to be done. The medical class has five students,
and others are constantly asking to be admitted. More
suitable buildings for this purpose and a chapel capable
of holding two hundred persons are needed, besides extra
pavilions as the work enlarges. The running expenses
amount to nearly $3,000 a year, and must in some way be
met. The new grounds and buildings have cost about
$11,000, all paid for. It is now hoped that many will be
found willing to contribute what is lacking for the main-
tenance of the work. Frequent reports will be sent to
donors as to the us* made of what money they may
Those interested in this hospital can contribute to-
wards any of the following objects : —
A chapel costing, $2,500 00
Pavilion for males or females, . 2,500 00
A scholarship for Medical School, (yearly), 60 00
A free bed in one of the wards, (yearly), 40 00
The support of a dispensary in some neighboring
town • • " 1500 °
The donor of any of these amounts, can by naming
the object of his charity, have it serve as a memorial of
self or friends. Contributions can be sent either to Mr.
Rankin, Treasurer, Presbyterian Board of Missions, 23
Centre Street; or Eev. Anson P. Atterbury, 415 West 87th
Street, New York City.
BOUDINOT C. ATTERBURY, M.D.
ROABD OF FoBKIGN MISSIONS OF THE )
Pbesbytebiak Chobi h. [
M Center St.. New York, Nov, 8th. 1886, )
I know of no form of missionary work which is to be more highly
commended than thai which has-been undertaken by Dr. B. C. Atter-
bury in Pekin. During his seven years service he has nearly completed
hospital buildings at a cost of $11,000. Under date of September 16th he
writ.'- aa follows: ■•'I'lio new buildings are almost completed, and are
admirably adapted tothe purpose intended. A space is reserved in the
grounds tor a Woman's Hospital and a Medical School. Already eight
students are hard at work preparing for the practice of medicine."
Dr. Atterbury is obliged to use a papier-mache manikin to illustrate
the organs and functions of the human body, as dissection is not yet
allowed in China. As yet everything is on a limited scale and several
thousand dollars are wanted before the hospital can accomplish the
work which it ought to do. Only our in a hundred of those who ought
to receive benefit can lie accommodated, anil while a well qualified
physician is on the ground, it seems butapoor economy of resources
that he should be compelled to work without thorough equipments and
complete accomi lal ions, AH who are interested in this grand work,
grand oven in its humanitarian aspects aside from its great religious
ends and aims, will lind a golden opportunity to make their influence
felt by ronlribuling to the < plote osta,b'ishment of this institution.
Then- is no nobler charity in our favored cities than that which opens
the doors of numerous hospitals to the sick and suffering in great East-
ern cities where no such relief has been known. Probably in New
York no sufferer sorely wounded or grievously diseased could fail of
finding some refuge in which his maladies could be treated. But in
a great city like Pekin tens of thousands suffer thus, with no medical
skill or comfortable quarters to mitigate their woes.
I trust that a generous cooperation may be given to Dr. Atterbury
in this great work, F. F. ELXINWOOD,
Secretary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions.
Subscriptions to Pekin Hospital,
Cost of new building $11,500.
Outfit of drugs, etc., about... 2,000.
Estate of Hon. S.Wells Williams $ 250.
Mrs.William E. Dodge 1000.
Rev. D.Stuart Dodge 500.
W.E.Dodge, Jr 250.
Mrs. A. 0. Phelps 200.
Miss Stokes )
Miss Carrie Stokes ) 500.
Miss Douw 2500.
Miss M.D.Atterbury 1000.
Mr, Sz Mrs.B.B.Atterbury 1000.
D.Willis ffames 500.
B.C.Atterbury.M.D. ($2,000 for
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